Harmony Gardens Landscaping Practices Low Impact Development (LID)

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Low Impact Development (LID)

Low impact development is an eco-friendly sustainable way to landscape. It is not about one best solution but rather all the solutions. You may not be able to do everything on every property, but doing a bit of as many environmentally sustainable techniques as you can makes a landscape impact the planet in a positive way.

Avoid off-site disposal:

Moving material on and off properties can affect carbon footprint in a big way. Removal of soil can affect the ecosystem thus balance and harmony. Some removal maybe necessary but complete removal is destructive and counterproductive. There are many ways to limit and lower environmental impact when constructing a landscape.

Harmony Gardens Landscaping assesses environmental impact when designing or revitalizing a landscape. For instance soil that is on-site could be used to create new flowerbeds or gardens. Augmenting the existing soil to revitalize, improve and make useable is far more sustainable than removal and replacement. Utilizing new products which allow retaining walls to be made and vegetated without excavating and removing materials out of the ground. Using new products to decrease the amount of excavation required and thus the amount of aggregates needed to be brought in, yet provide a proper base to build hardscapes such as walkways and patios.

Don’t take water for granted:

Harmony Gardens landscaping promotes xeriscaping (drought-tolerant landscaping), pollinator-friendly and bio-diverse edible gardens. When choosing plants native and nativar plants are important as they are well adapted to the local conditions. Nativars are cultivars of native plants.

Rainscaping and all of its components help reduce flooding. It protects our waterways and allows use of plants such as sedges, winterberry, swamp milkweed and water irises.